Lawsuits against USA Gymnastics, Larry Nassar, etc. - news & updates

nimi

Well-Known Member
Messages
1,267
Ratings
3,701
Houston Chronicle article : Walker County will subpoena USA Gymnastics documents
USA Gymnastics acknowledged Thursday that documents sought by Walker County officials investigating the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal might be present at its offices in Indianapolis, and Walker County prosecutors said they would subpoena the documents.

ESPN: Documents show financial impact of Nassar scandal on USA Gymnastics
According to a report from The New York Times on Thursday, the discovery of missing documents that were key to the Nassar scandal and sought by Texas law-enforcement officials led the USOC to take the step. The Times reported the documents were found by USAG officials in their main offices in Indianapolis.

Scott Reid, who wrote the ORC article about AOGC and decertification, is the guest on the new Gymnastic podcast episode: USAG and The Case of the Missing Documents

Here's the short version in tweet form for those who don't want listen to podcasts:
Why is all this happening now? Aly Raisman has a trial date, and in the words of @OtotheBeirne, "USAGym is not going to want to go to court." And in the words of @sreidocregister, "More than anything, the USOC doesn't want them to go to court."
 
Last edited:

Artistic Skaters

Drawing Figures
Messages
6,705
Ratings
5,095
The NY Times has a lengthy article today with comments from Dominique Moceanu & Morgan White, along with information about Mary Lee Tracy.

*** ‘Seriously, You Chose Her?’: U.S.A. Gymnastics’ Trouble at the Top :
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/10/sports/-usa-gymnastics-scandal-.html
As the federation enters a phase that may lead to its demise, longtime gymnasts remain befuddled over the mismanaged hiring. For them, the choices, most emblematically the Tracy decision, illustrated a continuing dysfunction in an organization they see as incapable of understanding the drastic changes needed to create a healthy environment for gymnasts at every level.

A cursory search of the internet would have revealed Tracy defending Nassar and calling him “amazing” in a 2016 television interview — after the first wave of accusations against him, from more than 50 athletes, was made public. Diligent outreach to gymnasts who trained under Tracy, or those who knew her athletes, would most likely have uncovered allegations of a physically and emotionally abusive atmosphere at her gym.

A spokesman for U.S.A. Gymnastics declined to comment on the hiring process for Tracy.
 

VIETgrlTerifa

Well-Known Member
Messages
27,210
Ratings
44,618
I remember reading Moceanu's tell-all book and was kind of disappointed when she barely mentioned her stint with Mary Lee Tracy. In the past two decades I've been a gymnastics fan, I've heard nothing but true horror stories about her.
 

Yehudi

Has colluded with Russia
Messages
4,070
Ratings
4,232
It seems USAG was in contact with Indy Police all along.

https://www.indystar.com/story/news...-bruce-smith-conduct-under-review/1693853002/

Indianapolis police are investigating the conduct of a detective who worked behind the scenes to defend USA Gymnastics while it was in the midst of a broadening child sexual abuse scandal.

He was not just any detective.

Bruce Smith was supervisor of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s Child Abuse Unit at the time. He also is a friend of then-USA Gymnastics President and CEO Steve Penny.
 

Artistic Skaters

Drawing Figures
Messages
6,705
Ratings
5,095
*** The Women Who Took Down Larry Nassar on Life After the Ruling :
https://www.glamour.com/story/the-women-who-took-down-larry-nassar-on-life-after-the-ruling
At Glamour's 2018 Women of the Year Summit, a group of women who helped take down former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar—accused of years of sexual abuse—came together on stage to discuss the extensive challenges they faced, before the trial and after his conviction and sentencing. As Glamour executive editor Wendy Naugle, who moderated the conversation, said in her introduction, "They've changed the way we talk about sexual assault and abuse in this country."
There is also an article in the OCRegister today about USOC, USAG & Steve Penny asking the court to deny Aly Raisman's access to the law firm's work from the independent investigation. I reached my limit for free articles & can't read it. Further information would be appreciated if anyone reads it.
 

skatfan

Well-Known Member
Messages
3,301
Ratings
3,170
*** The Women Who Took Down Larry Nassar on Life After the Ruling :
https://www.glamour.com/story/the-women-who-took-down-larry-nassar-on-life-after-the-ruling

There is also an article in the OCRegister today about USOC, USAG & Steve Penny asking the court to deny Aly Raisman's access to the law firm's work from the independent investigation. I reached my limit for free articles & can't read it. Further information would be appreciated if anyone reads it.
Here are the money quotes (link to article):

Mitchell Kamin, an attorney representing the USOC, wrote in a Nov. 12 letter to Judge Virginia K. DeMarchi that the motion by Raisman’s attorneys would “impair” the Ropes & Gray investigation of Nassar. The two sides also disagree on whether there is a stay in the case on discovery beyond the court jurisdiction over the case.

The USOC hired Ropes & Gray earlier this year to conduct an investigation into “not only ‘who knew what when’ and what was done in response” to Nassar’s decades-long abuse of young athletes,” but also the circumstances that contributed to and allowed for Nassar’s abuse to continue for such an extended period of time,” according to the law firm.

Ropes & Gray said the firm is not providing legal advice or acting as attorneys for any individual or organization, has full discretion to conduct the investigation and make factual findings and decide what is included in their report and that there is no attorney-client privilege that is attached to the investigation’s findings.
 

nimi

Well-Known Member
Messages
1,267
Ratings
3,701
^ Ugh. The USOC is gonna USOC.

Aly's attorney's response (from the same article) is :kickass:
Vince W. Finaldi, an attorney for Raisman, wrote to DeMarchi that “the requests are not burdensome nor ‘untimely.’ Ropes & Gray simply just does not want to comply, which is no ground upon it can refuse to do so.”

Finaldi also wrote the witness statements and reports generated by the Ropes & Gray are not protected work product and that other materials requested are not privileged.

“Ropes & Gray denies any role as counsel for USOC or USAG and has publicly stated that it is an independent investigator,” Finaldi wrote. “Further, there is no attorney-client privilege, nor ‘anticipated litigation’ as they claim; litigation has commenced and their investigation, admittedly, has nothing to do with litigation

Finally, some good(ish) news: USA Gymnastics executive Ron Galimore resigns; he helped provide cover story for Larry Nassar
 

Artistic Skaters

Drawing Figures
Messages
6,705
Ratings
5,095
This article has comments from Alyssa Baumann.

*** Nassar survivor: USA Gymnastics told us 'you have to go to treatment every single day' :
https://www.indystar.com/story/news...ternational-federation-gymnastics/2011275002/
Alyssa Baumann, 20, a Plano, Texas, resident now attending the University of Florida, told IndyStar she is the Jane Doe who filed a lawsuit in August in Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois.
The lawsuit claims USA Gymnastics investigated Nassar in 2015 after a coach overheard Baumann talking about the former team doctor's treatments, but that she was not contacted about it until 30 months later.
But Baumann said no one from USA Gymnastics followed up or interviewed her until November 2017, nearly 30 months later. And then, according to the lawsuit, the official who visited her in Florida asked Baumann about the abuse in front of other people.
 

Artistic Skaters

Drawing Figures
Messages
6,705
Ratings
5,095
*** Ex-Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon charged with lying to police about Nassar :
https://www.lansingstatejournal.com...mon-larry-nassar-criminal-charges/2070314002/
Former Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon has been charged with lying to police, making her the third person charged by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office in its investigation of the university related to Larry Nassar.
Simon was charged today in Eaton County District Court with two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts.
 

Willin

Well-Known Member
Messages
1,823
Ratings
3,748
@Winnipeg Yes. It's a felony.

Apparently, despite what she told everyone, she didn't just know there was an investigation against a staff member. No, she knew that it was an investigation into sexual assault allegations against one Larry Nassar.

TBH this makes me so angry. I got to meet her a few times and she was incredibly nice and caring. I got to hear professors talk about how she herself was called a "pussy" and other derogatory terms by high ranking men at MSU for some good choices she made. I can't believe she wasn't defending other women given that. Or, given how men at the university responded to some of her other decisions and how that influenced her actions, maybe she was too scared to act - but as a leader she still should've done something.
 

nimi

Well-Known Member
Messages
1,267
Ratings
3,701
Lansing State Journal just published another, more detailed article about the Lou Anna Simon situation (she faces up to four years in prison)

Police: MSU's Lou Anna Simon attended 2014 meeting where Larry Nassar inquiry was discussed
Kristine Moore, the Title IX investigator who handled the complaint, reached out to Thomashow in May 2014, three weeks after the report was referred to the Title IX office. The next morning, Moore called Paulette Granberry Russell, who at the time was the head of MSU's Title IX office and a senior advisor to Simon, according to the affidavit. They discussed the complaint and following that conversation, Russell emailed Simon to say there was an incident involving a sports medicine doctor.

Three days later, Russell and Simon had a meeting during which the complaint against Nassar was discussed, according to the affidavit.
In decertification news, from USA Today: USA Gymnastics won't give up governing body status, so USOC is starting revocation process
The move does not come as a complete surprise. Despite being informed by the USOC on Nov. 5 that it was beginning the process to revoke its NGB status, known as a Section 8 complaint, USA Gymnastics has continued to operate as if it plans to be around for the long-term.

Earlier this week, it announced it was seeking nominations for its board of directors. In an open letter published Tuesday, board chair Karen Golz said USA Gymnastics was progressing in its search for a new CEO.
USOC Statement Regarding Latest Developments To Section 8 Complaint Against USA Gymnastics from Sarah Hirhsland, excerpt:
A formal timeframe is not described in our bylaws, so I don’t know exactly how long this process may take. At minimum, we expect it will take several weeks, perhaps a few months.

It is important to note that during this process – and per our bylaws – USAG will continue to operate as a fully recognized member NGB of the USOC. We are not shutting down USAG. Nor is the USOC taking over USAG. In the immediate term there are no changes for USAG members or clubs.

Upon conclusion of the process described above, should USAG lose recognition, its future would be decided by the USAG board of directors.

If USAG loses its recognition, the organization would essentially sever its affiliation with the Olympic Movement and as such, the USOC would, on an interim basis, assume control of USAG’s high-performance program. This would ensure that U.S. Olympic gymnasts have the support they need to excel on and off the field of play. As part of that oversight, the USOC would also be responsible for ensuring the fair selection of athletes and teams for so-called “protected competitions” (i.e. major international competitions that serve as qualifying events for the Olympic Games).

ETA: The Case Of The Missing Documents continues, and Scott Reid's article in the OCR about it (Steve Penny ordered Amy White to remove documents from Karolyi Ranch, according to deposition) also contains info about some USOC-related f***ery that's just :wall:
Former USA Gymnastics president Robert Colarossi detailed in an August 2017 deposition how USOC officials first planned to decertify USA Gymnastics in 1999. The USOC move then was in response to a USA Gymnastics plan to suspend members facing allegations of misconduct until an investigation of those allegations was completed. USOC officials said the USA Gymnastics plan violated the Ted Stevens Amateur Sports Act, passed by Congress in 1978.
 
Last edited:

Artistic Skaters

Drawing Figures
Messages
6,705
Ratings
5,095
USAG Chapter 11. Helping victims or putting an end to the airing of the dirty laundry?

*** How USA Gymnastics' Bankruptcy Petition Impacts Larry Nassar Survivors :
https://www.si.com/olympic-gymnastics/2018/12/06/usa-gymnastics-files-for-backruptcy-larry-nassar
The bankruptcy process will effectively place Nassar victims’ lawsuits, as well as other claims brought by actual and potential USAG creditors, on pause. This is significant for a number of reasons. Most important, the pretrial discovery process—whereby witnesses are required to declare under oath their knowledge of Nassar’s interactions with young women and also turn over any relevant emails, texts, social media messages, videos, audio recordings, hand-written notes and other correspondences—will not occur for an indefinite period of time, should it ever occur. Indeed, under bankruptcy law, creditor actions against a so-called “chapter 11 debtor” are automatically stayed (postponed) upon the filing of the bankruptcy petition. They typically remain stayed for the duration of the bankruptcy process.
 

Aceon6

Not giving a bleff
Messages
15,858
Ratings
14,810
The last full episode of Believed is up. It goes into more detail about the relationship between Kyle Stephens and her dad and has excerpts of testimony from the sentencing hearing.

There will be an epilogue next week.
 

Sylvia

Recovering from U.S. Sectionals
Messages
54,902
Ratings
52,365
https://www.nassarinvestigation.com/en

Report of the Independent Investigation Released
The 233-page independent report, commissioned by a Special Committee of the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee, draws upon over 100 witness interviews and review of over 1.3 million documents.

The independent investigators today [Monday Dec. 10] released a 233-page report that details the findings of their investigation into Larry Nassar’s abuse of hundreds of elite and Olympic gymnasts and other children since the early 1990s. The report, which is being made public in its entirety, is the culmination of a 10-month investigation that included over 100 interviews—many of them with current and former USA Gymnastics and US Olympic Committee employees—and review of over 1.3 million documents, including reports, files, emails, notes and text messages.

---

As a result of the findings of the report, the U.S. Olympic Committee fired chief of sport performance Alan Ashley yesterday -- here's an AP article: http://www.cpr.org/news/story/repor...-slowly-if-at-all-to-nassar-abuse-allegations
 

nimi

Well-Known Member
Messages
1,267
Ratings
3,701
A gymnastics blogger recaps/reviews the 233-page report: https://balancebeamsituation.com/2018/12/11/things-are-happening-december-11-2018/
The investigation is cathartically damning with regard to USAG’s self-serving, bad-faith interpretation of the Ted Stevens Act and the concept of due process that it hid behind to excuse its despicably lenient, ignorance-based treatment of coaches accused of abuse. The report emphasizes that this approach was based on…nothing at all. USAG had every opportunity to take swift action against members accused of abuse and not wait for a legal process to play out. It chose not to.

Speaking of the USOC and USAG choosing to do nothing, a new bit of information reveals that, in an evaluation by a member of the USOC medical staff at the 2012 Olympics, Larry Nassar was given an “unsatisfactory score” and was recommended not to be included in the staff at further Olympics.

Sports Illustrated "Inspiration of the Year" winner Rachael Denhollander's full statement on the latest USOC developments (video clip): https://twitter.com/SInow/status/1072649544624717827

SI article about her press conference: https://www.si.com/olympics/2018/12...er-usoc-investigation-press-conference-nassar

Denhollander closes with calling for Congress to take action:
It is time for Congress to act. We cannot trust that what is in this report is the full scope of the investigation... Congress needs to step in, and they need to find out what really happened. Because what we are seeing in the gymnastics world is the tip of the iceberg and there are hundreds of children still dependent for protection and for safety on these people and that is unacceptable."

Senator Blumenthal asks FBI to investigate USOC & USAG for their role in the Nassar cover-up; also the FBI itself is being investigated for its own inaction: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/11/sports/usoc-gymnastics-fbi-investigation.html
“As you know, accomplice liability is a federal crime,” Senator Blumenthal wrote in a letter to Christopher A Wray, the F.B.I. director, on Tuesday, before urging the Justice Department to investigate “whether the organization is culpable for the harm caused by Nassar.”
The Justice Department’s inspector general’s office is already investigating the way the F.B.I. handled the matter, according to two people with knowledge of the matter, because the case languished for more than a year at the bureau before it took action.

But now Senator Blumenthal, as well as dozens of survivors of Nassar’s abuse, said it was time for the F.B.I. to dig deeper and for individuals who enabled Nassar to be held accountable.
 
Last edited:

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 2)

Top